NFL Week 12 in the L.A. market: Destiny has put the Chargers in Dallas on Turkey Day

Your Chargers have put Los Angeles back on the Thanksgiving Day TV rotation.
We bow our heads and quietly ask:
The Chargers?
Why?
Because maybe, even at 4-6 after Week 11 and with a chance to broadside America’s Team on a national holiday, things can change quickly for them in the AFC West, which the Chiefs don’t necessarily seem to want to claim as desperately as it seemed.
And a Chiefs-Chargers game is coming up Dec. 16. Time to get the ducks in a row.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn says it’s “an honor” to play on Thanksgiving.
“It may be the second-largest game in the league, other than playing in the Super Bowl,” said Lynn.
But then there’s that dishonorable thing happening between Dish Network and CBS that could preclude subscribers of that service to see the contest.
Lucky for them?
Back in September, columnist Norman Chad declared them his “NFL team of destiny” for 2017.
“Their standout quarterback, Philip Rivers, generally stays healthy, but he is 59 years old.
“Their special-teams unit is the single most beleaguered organization in America, outside of the U.S. Postal Service.
“Their owner, Dean Spanos, makes Dan Snyder look like Art Rooney.
“They will play home games this year in a soccer stadium with 27,000 seats and no pylons.
“Anyway, when the Chargers run out onto the U.S. Bank Stadium field in Minneapolis on Feb. 4, 2018, they will become the first homeless franchise with a first-year coach in its first season as second fiddle in a second-rate big city to play in the Super Bowl.”
How’s that going for us so far?
Seeing the Chargers on Thursday might make those in San Diego feel a little heartbroken. Or angry. Or apathetic. It’s not a great look.
What’s also interesting is both games involving L.A. teams this weekend will have Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson on the CBS broadcast. Yet, in light of NBC passing on the Rams-Saints for a prime-time game, Sunday now just feels like leftovers.

== The gap in L.A. is quickly closing.
Bovada.lv announced its updated odds on all 32 team’s prospects of winning the Super Bowl.
On Nov. 15, the Rams were 9/1 and the Chargers were 200/1.
On Nov. 22, the Rams dropped to 18/1 and the Chargers improved to 66/1.
It matters.

== How this weekend plays out:

THURSDAY
== Minnesota at Detroit: 9:30 a.m., Channel 11 (Joe Buck, Troy AIkman)
== Chargers at Dallas: 1:30 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)
== N.Y. Giants at Washington, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth)
Some thought an NBC promo with Lawrence Taylor and Joe Theisman was inspired funny. Some didn’t think so considering Taylor’s current disposition.
SUNDAY
= Buffalo at Kansas City: 10 a.m., Channel 2
This choice, made for Chargers’ followers knowing that a key Week 15 matchup is coming with the Chiefs, is picked ahead of Cleveland-Cincinnati and Miami-New England.
= Chicago at Philadelphia: 10 a.m., Channel 11
This choice, made for Rams’ followers knowing that a key Week 14 matchup is coming with the Eagles, is picked ahead of Tampa Bay-Atlanta, Tennessee-Indianapolis and Carolina-N.Y. Jets.
= Rams vs. New Orleans: At the Coliseum, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson)
Moved to CBS so more eyes could get on it on the back end of a national doubleheader going to about 80 percent of the country, it also blocks out Denver-Oakland and Jacksonville-Arizona. Fox, which has only one game to show today, can’t deliver on Seattle-San Francisco.
= Green Bay at Pittsburgh: 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)

MONDAY
= Houston at Baltimore: 5:30 p.m., ESPN (Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)

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